This Is Uncomfortable

This is a show about life and how money messes with it. Each week, Reema Khrais digs in with stories about the unanticipated ways money affects relationships, shapes identities and often defines what it means to be an adult. Presented by Marketplace.

Episodes
Nov. 28, 2019 Home/work (rerun)
Just in time for Thanksgiving, “This Is Uncomfortable” revisits the “jobs” we take on in our families — starting with …
Nov. 21, 2019 When your life depends on it
After a rare cancer diagnosis, one family’s battle with insurance and pharmaceutical companies, and the endless bureaucracy, teaches them about …
Nov. 14, 2019 Love thy neighbor, and pay off their debts, too
An aspiring dancer finds a way to become debt-free. All she has to do is take on someone else’s.
Nov. 7, 2019 Don’t buy your boss a gift
“Nancy” host Tobin Low and journalist Julia Furlan join us this week to give advice on office gifts, financial independence …
Oct. 31, 2019 Money horror stories
This Halloween, we have listeners’ frightening stories of impulse buys, spooky scams and a very Hungry Heart.
Oct. 24, 2019 Sperm, baby, sperm
Two couples won a chance at pregnancy, but money has complicated their journeys to build a family.
Oct. 17, 2019 Instrument of sabotage
In the cutthroat world of professional classical music, Eric Abramovitz was headed toward a shining career. Until something — or …
Oct. 10, 2019 TIU Live: I hate my boss
We’re presenting a new segment this week called “The Group Chat.” It’s when we bring in friends of the pod …
Oct. 3, 2019 F you, pay me
Caitlin Boston asked for a raise. Her boss gave her a hard no. Then she made it her mission to …
Sept. 26, 2019 Money advice with “Call Your Girlfriend”
Reema was on one of our favorite podcasts, “Call Your Girlfriend,” a few weeks ago to answer listeners’ tricky money …
Sept. 19, 2019 Can’t buy me love
After hooking up with her roommate, one woman can’t seem to avoid him — or his spending habits, and a …
Sept. 12, 2019 Everyday liars
You tell your mom you’re broke. You pretend to have student loans. You wear knock-off couture. People tell lies about …
Sept. 5, 2019 Cashing in on your kids
Something to think about when you’re watching the new “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” this weekend: For every piece of …
Aug. 29, 2019 Trapped in your personal brand
Aparna Nancherla has made a career in comedy, where she often delves into her own struggles with mental health. We …
Aug. 22, 2019 The lies we tell our friends
Most of us tell little white lies at some point or another to make things less weird about money. But …
Aug. 15, 2019 What dad left behind
When money, death and grief mix there’s no playbook for what to do. And for years, one young man has …
Aug. 8, 2019 I have class anxiety
A listener struggles to navigate all the unspoken rules of middle-class life.
Aug. 1, 2019 That thing you buy and don’t tell your parents about
We’re keeping things just a little uncomfortable this week with another round of our favorite game: Financial Face-Off! But first: …
July 25, 2019 The college fund
When you’re a kid, your parents make all the financial decisions for you. But what happens when you grow up …
July 18, 2019 Ziwe Fumudoh makes people uncomfortable
Growing up, Ziwe Fumudoh wanted to be a pop star. Her parents wanted her to go into medicine or finance. …
July 11, 2019 Lost in the game
When you’re a high-stakes gambler laying down tens of thousands of dollars at a blackjack table, the value of money …
July 3, 2019 Guess my financial secret
Our new game, “Financial Faceoff” puts one couple’s financial life to the test. Plus, we’ll get an update from the …
June 27, 2019 Home/work
Reema Khrais explores the “jobs” we take on in our families — starting with her own. Plus, one couple comes …
June 20, 2019 Crying at work
What happens when work is the thing that’s making us cry … at work? Plus: Reema asks her old boss …
June 13, 2019 When money makes it weird
Reema tries to settle a debt she’s been avoiding. And what happens when one person in a relationship has way …
June 3, 2019 Introducing “This Is Uncomfortable”
This is a show about life and how money messes with it. Every Thursday, we’ll dig into the unanticipated ways …